QQI Level 5 Art, Craft and Design – Code 5M1984
1 year Full-time


The Creative Ceramics course is taught in a hands-on way, through practical demonstrations from artists in residence as well as guest artists. Through this course students have the opportunity to design and create a wide range of unique ceramic, sculptural and printed pieces. They will also learn how to be resourceful and create unique pieces from up-cycled, and textile materials. Emphasis throughout the course is placed on ceramics, drawing, printmaking, and design.

Entry Requirements          

  • Creativity and a strong interest in design, and learning about textile and craft skills are essential.
  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent is advised
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Ceramics
  • Print Making
  • Colour and Light
  • Sculpture
  • Combined Materials

Core Modules

  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Drawing
  • Design Skills
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Studio Practice

160 hours of studio practice is incorporated into the course.  Students will produce a range of crafts items and will also have the opportunity to put on a craft exhibition.

Employment opportunities

Students will be equipped with relevant work experience to pursue a range of career paths such as self-employed and freelance artists, commission work, designers and makers of craft objects.  For those focusing on business and industry they will work as design consultants in the retail area, buyers, and sales.


The Career Guidance Counsellor in the College is available to advise students on the various progression options to Higher Education. Progression is available to IT Colleges through Higher Education Links CAO scheme.   Examples include:

  • IADT, DL827 Art
  • NCAD –AD101-Art & Design (Portfolio)